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Why We Should Highlight Our Bibles

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There is never a dull moment with my Grandpa.  He lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it doesn’t matter if the weather is freezing, he has always made it a point when I visit to go outside for an adventure. One particular winter he asked me to go on a hike. I’ll be honest — hiking in the freezing cold weather didn’t...

What to Say at a Funeral to Make Christ Known

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Attending a funeral for a friend is hard. Speaking at it is even harder. This weekend I received an email from a man in our church who was flying to Minneapolis this coming week. He planned to get together with his friend while he was in town, but the man died over the weekend. Now instead of sharing a...

What God Showed Us as We Welcomed Our 5th Child Into the World

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There are few days in life that we remember until we die. Yesterday was one of those days for Molly and me. We welcomed our fifth child into the world, who we have named, Charles Joshua (aka "Charlie"). After being admitted to the hospital on Friday night, Molly labored faithfully and patiently, and he was born at 4:40 PM on Saturday....

Three Ways We Hide From God (and Others) and Why We Must Stop

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  Let’s have a show of hands—who has had a “naked-in-public” dream? Come on, admit it. I bet just about everyone has, including me. You know the one: You show up for a big presentation at work or school, or you’re riding a bicycle through rush hour or working the first day of a new job, and you suddenly realize everyone...

Making Quiet Time with God Relevant to Today

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Having a quiet time with God should not be irrelevant to your daily life. Often, we talk about our “Meeting with God” or “Quite time” as if it is unrelated to the rest of the busy day we are facing. We speak of it as reading, learning, or doing something altogether different than what would be pertinent to our...

Are You Underestimating What God Can Do in Your Life? [sermon]

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ acknowledges both the validity of our felt needs and the supremacy of God’s purposes. Because the Gospel is predicated on the trustworthiness of God to accomplish His ultimate good in and through us, there are times where our needs will appear to be subordinated to God’s plan. In these instances, we can be assured...

In Case You Catch Me Crying…

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It is safe to say that I am not a cryer. At least not until recently. Now my eyes seem to leak often. While I appreciate a good bought of tears now and then, I don’t cry easily. Yet, ever since the death of an officer in our community, I have found myself crying several times a day. The last...

How to Improve Self Image through Awe of God

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Do you remember the first time you rode a roller coaster, saw the mountains, kissed another person, ate the best burger, held your child? There is an AWE in first experiences. They sweep you away with emotion and you swear your life will never be the same. I want you to imagine for a moment feeling that same kind...

How to Change Your Perspective on Life

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I was recently rereading the Christmas story as told by the Gospel of John. He is the only Gospel writer that seems to leave out the whole Bethlehem story, or any account of lineage or Mary and Joseph out. Yet he boldly states the "Light came into the world." This is the best summary statement of the Christmas story. THE...

Evaluating the Question “What Salary Should I Expect?”

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When evaluating the question "what salary should I expect?" for any given job, it is helpful to consider what "pay" means and how you should respond. Pay is more than a compensation for time, talent or effort. It is a valuation of a person’s contribution to the greater cause. A person is paid by an organization to keep them doing what they...

The Ultimate Cure: Fighting Anxiety with Fear

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The Pervasive Problem with Anxiety Sarah Fader, a thirty-seven-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn, made it clear that anxiety is no long a problem for some but a generalized disorder for all. She texted her friend about coming to visit, but when she didn’t write back quickly, Sarah started to get uneasy. Sarah posted on Twitter to her sixteen thousand-plus...

The Gospel of John’s 3 Part Plan with 1 Main Aim

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I have preached through the Gospel of John 1 and 1/2 times. If God doesn’t take me home first, I will preach through the Gospel of John two times by the end of next year. Each time has been entirely different than the other. I study afresh every passage for the week I will preach it, as if I...